Google begins rolling out the January patch for Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Coming long before Google’s original “late January” target or this morning’s courier date, the next patch for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is now starting to roll out after a long delay.

After the December OTA stopped rolling out in late 2021, Google announced that the next Pixel 6 update would arrive later in the month than usual. This “pause” – along with the unprecedented removal of factory images – was due to “some users” encountering dropped or disconnected calls. The company also had to disable Hold For Me and Call Screening from the Phone app “in light of a bug in the December Android update.”

The January security patch was rolled out normally at the start of the new year for all other Pixel phones and is now coming to 6 and 6 Pro:


To date, there is only one build for each phone, while this January patch fixes 10 Chromecast volume controls and issues. As of Google posting the images for manual installation / side-loading, tapping “Check for Updates” does not yet activate the OTA on your device. The date suggested today by the Canadian carrier could be the one it will start to occur.

January patch for Pixel 6 / Pro

Structure

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in screen unlocking after a missed call when no screen lock is set.

Network and telephony

  • General network fixes and improvements
  • Fixed an issue that prevented emergency calls under certain conditions while some third party apps are installed.

Power

  • Fixed an issue that prevented Pixel Stand setup from starting after updating apps under certain conditions.

System

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in incorrect accounting of data usage in the Network menu on some networks.

User interface

  • Fixed an issue that resulted in a black frame being displayed when ignoring the assistant overlay on the lock screen
  • Fixed an issue that caused the system UI to leak memory under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue where the navigation bar was hidden when changing the orientation of the device under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the PIP window to render incorrectly for some apps.

Wifi

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Wi-Fi network to drop out under certain conditions.

December patch

App

  • Fixed an issue where the assistant would unintentionally initiate a phone call under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fix UI app stuck or frozen under certain conditions *[7].
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Audio

  • General fixes and improvements for audio playback issues in some apps *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in audio noise in captured videos when using some phone cases *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that caused microphone to drop out during calls under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in occasional audio issues when adjusting volume levels *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented audio from playing from the speaker under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the search for unrecognized music in Now Playing *[1].

Charger

  • Additional improvements for battery charge information shown in the notification area *[4].
  • General improvements for battery and thermal performance under certain conditions *[7].
  • General improvements for wireless charging under certain conditions *[5].
  • Improvements for alignment detection on Pixel Stand under certain conditions *[5].
  • Fixed issues that occasionally caused incorrect battery usage accounting to be displayed in Settings *[7].

Biometric

  • General improvements for the stability and performance of the fingerprint sensor *[1].
  • Additional fixes for issues that prevented new fingerprints from being enrolled under certain conditions *[1].

Bluetooth

  • Correction of distorted audio via Bluetooth in certain scenarios *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that caused Bluetooth to activate after deactivation under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed volume adjustment issues with some Bluetooth audio devices *[7].

Camera

  • General image quality improvements in camera preview / capture *[1].
  • General improvements in camera stability and performance *[1].
  • General improvements for autofocus response in some capture modes *[1].
  • General improvements for color consistency in viewfinder preview *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the viewfinder preview being blank under certain conditions *[1].

Display and graphics

  • Enable ANGLE Graphics Support Library for some apps and games *[1].
  • Add more sample images to view color options in Settings *[7].
  • General improvements to keep screen on after multiple manual wakes *[7].
  • General improvements for adaptive brightness response under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed occasional screen flickering when adjusting brightness *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Smooth Display from changing the display refresh rate under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed occasional white flash of the screen after the display turns off *[7].
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Structure

  • Fixed an issue that caused app icons to appear as a pending download after installation is complete *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused Play Store app installation to be suspended indefinitely under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented work profile setup from completing under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented all settings or apps from being restored from backup during installation under certain conditions *[7].

Average

  • Fixed an issue that caused the system to crash when playing media under certain conditions *[7].

Network and telephony

  • General improvements to network connection stability and performance *[7].
  • Fixed crash in Settings when activating airplane mode on certain network configurations *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that disabled calling functions on certain devices or networks under certain conditions *[1].

Sensors

  • General improvements to sensor stability and response under certain conditions *[2].
  • General improvements for Quick Tap response and performance *[2].
  • General improvements for automatic rotation response in certain device orientations *[4].
  • General improvements for adaptive brightness response under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented elevator activation and double tap to reactivate under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Always-on-display from activating under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in unexpected haptics or vibrations under certain conditions *[1].

System

  • Kernel update to 4.9.279 for Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL.
  • Kernel update to 4.14.243 for Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL and Pixel 4a.
  • Kernel update to 4.19.202 for Pixel 4a (5G), Pixel 5 and Pixel 5a (5G).
  • General system stability and performance improvements *[7]
  • Fixed an issue that caused the device to freeze after sleeping while charging under certain conditions *[1].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally prevented OTA updates from being installed *[7].

User interface

  • Add material Support for dynamic themes for device startup animation *[7].
  • Improvements for the Internet tile in Quick Settings *[7].
  • Improvements for Quick Settings layout in certain device orientations *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the display from staying on while wireless charging *[5].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the game dashboard icon to appear on the lock screen *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the display of incorrect colors or themes in Quick Settings under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused lock screen icons to appear in the notification shade under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the notification history to be displayed incorrectly and clear all buttons *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused app media controls to persist in the notification shade under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in persistent call notification under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Deactivate Work App button persistent in the app drawer *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the screen to flicker after locking or unlocking the device under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in settings crashing in the Conversations menu under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Game Dashboard button being unmissable while playing under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that caused the app drawer to scroll up after clearing the search query *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in some home screen icons appearing misaligned under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that allowed quick settings to be tapped from the home screen under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed issue to hide date or time in Quick Settings under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused a white background on the home screen after setting the wallpaper *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused Quick Settings to drop after unlocking the device *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally caused UI elements to be displayed with transparent backgrounds *[7].
  • Fixed occasional display of work profile badge icon on apps or personal contacts *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented the conversation bubble from closing under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that prevented search results from displaying in Settings under certain conditions *[7].
  • Fixed occasional screen flickering in notification shade when dragging from top of screen *[7].
  • Fixed occasional flickering when switching between apps quickly under certain conditions *[7].
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Wifi

  • General improvements for Wi-Fi stability and performance *[7].
  • Fixed an issue that occasionally disconnected the device from Wi-Fi under certain conditions *[1].

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